ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The 2014 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships were held over the weekend at Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and, Thursday, the top performers from an outstanding weekend were honored with the announcement of the 2014 MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Awards.
St. Olaf star distance runner Grant Wintheiser claimed another MIAC honor as he was named the MIAC Men's Indoor Outstanding Track Athlete. Gustavus senior Cameron Clause wowed the crowd in the multi-event competition and the pole vault to claim MIAC Men's Indoor Outstanding Field Athlete and Performance-of-the-Meet honors. Hamline Head Coach Paul Schmaedeke was honored by his peers for the Pipers' performance with the MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Coach-of-the-Year honor.
In addition, the top three individuals in each event and the first-place relay team automatically received All-Conference honors, and the fourth- through sixth-place finishers in each open event and second- through sixth-place relay teams were named All-Conference Honorable Mention. They can be viewed in the final results from the 2014 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC selected the eighth annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for Men's Indoor Track & Field. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.
Complete information from the 2014 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships - including results, recaps, photos and more - can be found on the event's home page.
2014 MIAC Men's Indoor Track and Field Awards
Outstanding Men's Track Athlete - Grant Wintheiser, St. Olaf
St. Olaf junior Grant Wintheiser (Sartell, Minn./Cathedral) added another MIAC honor to his full trophy case with the MIAC Outstanding Indoor Track Athlete honor thanks to a pair of record-breaking performances at the conference championships. Wintheiser won both the mile and the 3,000-meter run, with a new record in both. His winning time of 4:11.94 in the mile broke the previous meet record by the slimmest of margins (0.01), which was 4:11.95 by St. Thomas' Ben Sathre in 2012. He also set the 3K mark by finishing in 8:28.10, defeating the old record of 8:33.51 by Carleton's Steve Harris in 2006. Wintheiser - a two-time MIAC cross country champ and Athlete-of-the-Year - will head to nationals in search of adding a Division III championship, as he's seeded second in the 3K.
Outstanding Men's Field Athlete - Cameron Clause, Gustavus
Gustavus senior Cameron Clause (Mankato, Minn./East) was named the MIAC's Outstanding Indoor Field Athlete for his versatile and tremendous performance in Collegeville. Clause won the heptathlon in thrilling fashion, with a new MIAC-record score of 5,088, which was also voted the Performance-of-the-Meet (more below). Clause added another All-Conference honor in the pole vault, as he tied Hamline's Mark Volker for the top-recorded height of 15-1.5. However, Clause took more attempts throughout the competition, so he finished in second place.
Men's Outstanding Performance-of-the-Meet - Cameron Clause, Gustavus, Heptathlon
Clause was further honored for his heptathlon heroics with the MIAC's Performance-of-the-Meet award. Clause's score of 5,088 is the MIAC's new all-time standard, eclipsing the old record of 4,881, which was set by Saint Mary's Rob Friendt in 2005. Clause came from behind to win thanks to his first-place finish in the final event - the men's 1,000-meter run - with a time of 2:41.20. He also finished first in the 60-meter hurdles (8.79 seconds), second in the pole vault (14-11), high jump (6-0.75) and long jump (21-5.5), third in the 60-meter dash (7.28 seconds) and fifth in the shot put (33-5.75) en route to his record-setting performance and first-place finish. Clause's score has qualified him for nationals, where he is seeded sixth.
Men's Coach-of-the-Year - Paul Schmaedeke, Hamline
Hamline Head Coach Paul Schmaedeke was honored for his team's performance and improvement at the 2014 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. Fifth a year ago, the Pipers improved to third place in 2014 with a team score of 115.5. Schmaedeke coached four individual champions and seven All-Conference selections last weekend to earn the Coach-of-the-Year honor. This is his first MIAC indoor coaching award since he won back-to-back in 2010-11. This is Schmaedeke's 31st season coaching at Hamline, and he has won 13 total MIAC Coach-of-the-Year awards in cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.
2014 Men's Indoor Track and Field All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Augsburg - Undre Smith-Brewer (Fr., St. Paul, Minn./Johnson)
Bethel - Zach Haskins (Sr., Maple Grove, Minn./Heritage Christian Academy)
Carleton - Adam Nunez-Frausto (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy College Prep)
Concordia - Levi Bachmeier (Sr., West Fargo, N.D.)
Gustavus - Rod Strozier (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn./School of Environmental Studies)
Hamline - Andrew Ferguson (Sr., Saint Clair, Minn.)
Macalester - Jole Miller (Jr., Missouri Valley, Iowa)
Saint John's - Drake Osterhout (Sr., Kasson, Minn./Kasson-Mantorville)
Saint Mary's - Aaron Haley (Jr., Plainview, Minn./Plainview/Elgin-Millville)
St. Olaf - Lucas Foley (Sr., Montague, Mass./Turner Falls)
St. Thomas - Joe Wistrcill (Sr., Cumberland, Wis.)